UW Gets Another Shot at California Prospect

More than three months after committing to Stanford, California high school standout Steven Christian has reopened his options, and the three-star prospect says he is still considering offers from other schools.

Christian made a verbal pledge to the Cardinal in April but told Scout.com last month that he is back on the market.

"I'm still keeping my options open for any school," he said. "It's not final until Signing Day. I'm still open for any school to recruit me."

That's good news for Wyoming, which offered the senior a scholarship last spring.

"They're still up there," Christian said of the Cowboys yesterday. "Just pretty much everybody, I'd have to say, I'm considering."

Along with Stanford and Wyoming, Christian holds offers from San Diego State and TCU, but the senior says the Cardinal is still at the top of his list.

"Stanford has the best possible mix of football and education," he told Brandon Huffman of Scout.com last spring, "and that's what I really like about them."

A two-way star his junior season, Christian said the Cowboys are recruiting him as a running back. However, the versatile athlete is ranked the No. 47 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, and most programs see the senior as a top defensive back prospect.

"That's pretty much my thing," he said of playing cornerback. "That's pretty much what everyone's been contacting me for and wanting to recruit me as.

"At this point it really doesn't matter what I play as long as I play."

Christian said he will be working on adding some weight to his 6-foot, 175-pound frame in 2007 as he prepares for the next level.

The Cowboys may have their work cut out for them if they hope to land the Sacramento, California native. Christian said Stanford was his favorite school throughout childhood, and when the Cardinal extended a scholarship, it only took 48 hours for him to commit.

"They were my top school all along, so when they offered, I kind of knew that was where I was going to go," he said after committing last April.

Still, the agile corner has garnered interest from nearly every PAC 10 and Big 10 program, and Christian said he expects many more offers as his senior year progresses.

He rushed for 350 yards and had 30 tackles during a junior season at Sacramento Christian Brothers. He will play at Kennedy HS in Sacramento in 2007, and with most of his classroom work already finished, Christian will be able to concentrate completely on football this fall.

"I pretty much don't have anything to take my senior year, and I ended last school year with a 4.16 GPA," he said. "Last year I took AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP U.S. History and AP Spanish all in the same year. I pretty much did everything."

Academics will play a key part in Christian's final college choice, and he said a good mix of education and football would be ideal.

"I'm looking for pretty much a good challenging academic school and a well-rounded experience."

Christian runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and reports a max bench press of 220 pounds and a max squat of 425.

To view Christian's player page and see highlights of his junior season film, click here.



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